DIJOUD PATRICK

60 years old

France

Combrit Saint Marine

Separated, 3 children

Maritime trainer

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The culmination of a passion

An officer in the Merchant Navy, after 10 years as a master mariner and as many in international logistics, Patrick is now a coach at the Centre Européen de Formation Continue Maritime. For the past 20 years, he has been training up all the French fishing boat captains who sail offshore tuna boats in the Indian Ocean or large trawlers in the North Atlantic. For the past 20 years, together with his 9-metre yacht Pivoine, he’s skippered a crew of amateurs and is a familiar face on the Breton regatta circuit. “In 2009, I decided to sign up for a singlehanded race. He was hooked and in 2016 won the Course des îles, the iconic singlehanded race week for amateurs. A transatlantic race was a logical progression. I opted for the Mini-Transat. I’m fascinated by these boats, which are like luges, on a constant quest for innovation in the battle to go ever quicker, where any discoveries are often adopted on the Vendée Globe boats.”

In October 2017, after a tour of the IDB Marine yard, Patrick commissioned his future boat: a MAXI 650 production boat. “I believe she’s the best there is. The scow bow is fabulous. You can feel how safe she is and her incredible stability and, above all, she protects her skipper from the spray. In short, we really love each other. This Mini-Transat La Boulangère will be the culmination of a lifetime of passion for the sea, sailing and racing.”

Nautical track record:

- Transgascogne 2019: 22nd
- Mini Fastnet 2019: 32nd
- Trophée Marie-Agnès Peron 2019: 22nd
- Mini en Mai 2019: 15th
- Pornichet Select 2019: 24th
- Grand Premio d’Italia 2019: 2nd
- Arcipelago 650 2019: 1st
- Mini Golfe 2019: 6th
- Chrono 6.50 2018: 11th
- Duo Concarneau Challenge BFR Marée Haute 2018: 10th
- 8 victories in the Tour du Finistère à la Voile (the latest in 2017) 
- Winner of the Course des îles in 2017 (singlehanded race)
- Second production boat in the Half Ton Cup Classic in Kinsale, Ireland, 2017 (the only French boat)
- Delivery trips and cruises right across Brittany
- Ireland, Kinsale: 3-week delivery trip and crewed races
- Mediterranean delivery trips and cruises